When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was
discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and
the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.||
And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their
wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their
They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from
raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.||
In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of
wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.||
For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in
wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a
They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their
kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.||
(7:8-16) It's not clear in the KJV, but "people" and "strangers" are
translated as "aliens" and "foreigners" in other versions. This would mean part of the reason for
Ephraim's bloody fate is association with other races.
(7:8) "Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people."
(7:9) "Strangers have devoured his strength."
Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray
hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to
the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they
go to Assyria.||
When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down
as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath
(7:12) "I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down
as the fowls of the heaven."
Woe unto them! for they have
fled from me: destruction unto them! because
they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they
have spoken lies against me.||
(7:13) "Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because
they have transgressed against me."
And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon
their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel
Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine
mischief against me.||
They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow:
their princes shall fall by the
sword for the rage of their tongue: this
shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
(7:16) "They return, but not to the most High ... their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue."